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1 killed, 3 injured in work zone crash involving New Jersey men

When you're working on any kind of job, it's imperative that you're able to do so safely. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and people often suffer injuries or lose their lives as a result.

Take, for example, these highway workers from New Jersey who had taken on work in Maryland. One of the men was killed, and two others were injured when a Jeep collided with them in a work zone on Interstate 70 east.

Brain injuries heal over time, so focus on your recovery first

Brain injuries are unpredictable and may change many things about you in just moments. As an adult with a new brain injury, you should know that your recovery may not be the same as other people, even if you have similar injuries and are of a similar age. Brain injuries can take weeks, months or years to recover. Their healing is known to slow over time.

Brain injuries can affect your health and increase the likelihood of:

  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cognitive decline
  • Seizures
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

If you're filing a claim against a nursing home, get evidence

When neglect, abuse or negligence takes place in a nursing home, patients or their family members may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the facility.

On the whole, a nursing home owes its residents a high degree of care. They are entrusted to take care of the world's most vulnerable, which is why it is so devastating when abuse, neglect or negligence lead to injuries or deaths. The facility is meant to be there to care for people with disabilities as well as the elderly.

3-vehicle crash leaves 2 with serious injuries in Stafford

When people are driving, it is important that they're paying attention to what they're doing. If they are distracted or reckless, they could end up causing a collision.

Take, for example, this case out of Stafford where a three-vehicle crash left two people with serious injuries. The crash completely shut down Route 72 and resulted in the victims being flown to AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center.

Your brain injury may be delayed and cause secondary injuries

When you hit your head, your brain may suffer an injury. Inside your head, your brain may crash against your skull. With a hard enough impact, it could hit twice, once in either direction (this is called a counter blow).

Immediately following that blow to the head, you may pass out. Sometimes, you may feel a little disoriented but otherwise fine. Unfortunately, with traumatic injuries like this, you may find that your symptoms are delayed and come on quickly once they start.

A trench collapse could kill: Here's how to avoid one

As a construction worker, something that you worry about is the risk of a trench collapsing. You're often working in precarious positions, but you've been assured that everything that can be done to protect you is being done.

Avoiding a trench collapse is a must for people who are working in or around a trench. If the trench collapses, it could cause crushing injuries to workers or worse. There are ways to prevent a trench collapse, though.

What is a crush injury? Is it dangerous?

You were working hard on a project when a co-worker suddenly shouted out. When you looked up, you saw a large object they were working with falling toward you. You didn't have any time to move.

Unfortunately, it was so heavy that you were pinned beneath it. Co-workers wanted to move it, but you told them to wait for the emergency medical team, because you could be in more danger if it was moved. Once the EMTs arrived, they told you that you had a crush injury and would need to be carefully moved and hospitalized.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after serious crash with vehicle

As the weather warms up, it's going to be more common to see motorcyclists on the roads. For the most part, passenger vehicle drivers and motorcyclists do fine together. Unfortunately, drivers who don't see motorcyclists can pull out in front of them or make mistakes that put the motorcyclists' lives at risk.

Take for example a situation like the recent one in Clark. The local fire department had to create a landing zone for a medical helicopter at the scene of a motorcycle-versus-car collision near to Mother Seton Regional High School. The crash had been severe, and a 58-year-old motorcyclist was badly injured. He had to be flown to Newark's University Hospital. Another person involved, a 47-year-old woman, was not injured.

Brain bleeds: Here's what you should know

There are many kinds of traumatic brain injuries, but one that needs immediate care is a brain bleed. When the brain is bleeding, pressure builds up inside the skull. There is a real risk that further damage could occur as the room inside the skull is limited and pressure is placed on the brain.

A brain bleed, also known as a brain hemorrhage, can be deadly. The speed at which the blood flows into the skull, the swelling of the brain as well as other factors play a role in how serious the condition is. When the brain is bleeding, the normal flow of oxygen is also impaired, which can lead to a stroke.

Mass notification can help employers warn workers of dangers

Employers in New Jersey and across the United States each have a duty of care to provide their employees with a safe work environment. A critical aspect of a safe work environment is being able to alert employees should a situation arise. Communicating effectively with employees has its challenges. Employers with a large number of employees or a large workplace might find it difficult to reach everyone in a sufficient time frame.

Effective workplace communication relies on two key factors: speed and reach. Messages must get out quickly to warn employees of dangerous conditions that could lead to workplace accidents. Second, messages must reach 100% of employees so that everyone stays safe. If employers are only using one form of communication, such as email, it might not reach those who only check their email once a day. Adding too many alert systems, however, slows the time it takes to get the messages out.

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